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Wesleyan drops season finale to Methodist

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FAYETTEVILLE — The N.C. Wesleyan College men’s basketball team fell in its final road game of the regular season on Saturday afternoon, going down 83-73 in Fayetteville to conference rival Methodist University.

Methodist led 40-35 at the break shooting 48 percent while N.C. Wesleyan actually shot better at 54 percent. However, Methodist made more threes in the half, making the difference.

Wesleyan also had a better shooting percentage in the second half as well (53-48 percent), but MU made four more threes and a few more free throws as it held off the Bishops down the stretch for the conference win. Wesleyan struggled from long-range for the game going just 3 of 18 (16.7 percent) from behind the arc leading to the loss.

Senior forward Robert Wilson led the Bishops with 18 points along with five rebounds, two assists and a steal. Junior forward Ricardo Bullock and junior center A.J. Frye also each finished with 13 points apiece as the trio were the only Bishops to finish in double figures. Bullock added six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal in his solid game while Frye added two blocks with four rebounds and a steal as well.

Senior guard Justin Tankelewicz finished with eight points and three assists as he made two of four treys for the Bishops while fellow senior guard Chris Braswell added a team-best six assists and two steals. Fellow guard sophomore Josh Covington also added seven points with two assists.

Methodist improved to 11-6 in the USA South and 13-12 overall while dropping the East Division Champion Bishops to 12-5 in the conference.

Wesleyan, which finished the regular season at 19-6, had already secured the top seed in the East and was scheduled to return home at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to host a USA South Tournament quarterfinal game. That matchup was scheduled to tip off after The Enterprise’s press deadline.